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Covid-19 - Latest Updates from the Academy
This and previous updates can also be found on our Letters and Emails Home page.
Update: 10th June
Important letter from Southwark Council - please read
Please click HERE to read an important letter about the importance of Covid-19 testing. We have recently seen a sharp rise in cases across Southwark with over 200 cases in the last week, which is a timely reminder that the virus still poses a risk for all of us. Please click HERE to read the letter.
Please contact Ian Boswell, our Covid Coordinator, at email@example.com in the event of a positive test result.
Weekly Update from HAB
28th May 2021
As we finish up another half term at HAB, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your continued support for the Academy. Your collaboration with us throughout the term has ensured the students at HAB have continued to have a smooth and successful return, and with the continued easing of restrictions the Academy is certainly starting to feel like a return to normality – the better weather this week has inevitably helped as well!
Please see below for key reminders and updates:
Please do continue to ensure your daughter takes her covid lateral flow tests. We are advising that students take their final test of the holiday period on Sunday 6th June so that we are mitigating any risk of transmission as much as possible.
If your daughter has a positive test result, you will need to inform the Academy next week up until Monday 31st May so that we can employ our test and trace action plan. Please contact Ian Boswell, our Covid Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org in the event of a positive test result.
If your daughter has a positive test during the half term holiday, then please email Ms Simpkin, our Attendance and Welfare Office at Florence.email@example.com so we know they will be isolating and not returning on Monday 7th June.
A sincere thanks for your continued support in mitigating the risk of Covid-19 transmission at the Academy.
Dates for your diary
As we are hopeful that lockdown restrictions will continue to ease, I would like to remind you of key dates and events of the summer 2 term:
Please see below our Bedrock champions for the last two weeks. It really makes a difference when we celebrate student success so please do engage in conversation with your daughter about her Bedrock and other home learning.
Year 11 and Year 13
It was such a proud moment for staff as we said goodbye to both Year 11 and Year 13 students this week. They have demonstrated such academic and emotional resilience over the last few years, and they should be highly commended for their continued efforts despite the considerable challenges they have faced. It was a pleasure to be able to give the Year 11s a very traditional HAB send off, and we look forward to welcoming Year 11s back onsite for HAB6 Experience Day on Thursday 24th June and Year 11 Graduation on Friday 25th June. Year 13 Graduation will be our final farewell to the HAB6 students on Tuesday 29th June.
All students were provided with transition work packs to support them with the next step of their education or working life. Please do encourage your daughter to engage with this process. A reminder that both Year 11 and Year 13 students should continue to be available until Friday 18th June for any final administrative work.
The Big Dig and Friends of HAB
Spaces are still available to volunteer for our next two Big Dig events, taking place on Thursday 10th and Saturday 19th June. Do email firstname.lastname@example.org to find our further details and register your interest in taking part. No experience necessary, just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and positivity!
Our final Friends of HAB meeting is also due to take place on Wednesday 16th June at 5.00pm. The Friends of HAB Parent/Carer group is a welcoming group of parents and carers of HAB who come together once a term to organise projects and events that will benefit the Academy and its students. We are always looking for new members and any parent/carer would be more than welcome to join. Please email Leeanne Manzi, Assistant Principal, if you would like to receive the Zoom invite to the next meeting.
Free School Meals
I am pleased to announce that Southwark will once again be supporting Free School Meal vouchers over the May half term, and you should have received your voucher already. If there are any issues then please do email email@example.com.
If your financial condition has changed recently, please do complete a Free School Meal application at https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/harrisfederation to ensure that you receive the support you are entitled to.
This will be my final communication of the half term, and I would like to wish you and your families a restful and joyous break. My next communication with you will be on Friday 25th June. Please note our staff will be unavailable throughout the holidays, and inboxes are not routinely checked. If you do need to communicate with us, please note we will respond to emails at the point of us returning on Monday 7th June. A reminder that your daughter has a HAB Care Card of how she can receive support and help when she isn’t at HAB, and this information is also available on our website.
If you are looking for inspiration on how to spend the half term, please do see a link below that may be of interest:
Thank you as always for your continued support in ensuring your daughter’s success at the Academy.
Lyndsay Harris Vice Principal
Important Information on COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
It is now compulsory to wear cloth face coverings on public transport, shops and several other indoor settings.
Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
Keep your distance from people who are outside your household or support bubble.
Limit social gatherings (including abiding by the ‘rule of 6’) and avoid crowded places.
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/